Saying goodbye to Dan Wheldon

As the sun was high in the sky over Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the IZOD IndyCar 300 went green sending out 34 drivers on a 300 mile journey to the checkered flag. Concerns circled throughout the paddocks as drivers debated the high bank of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, yet the race continued, but only to end in dismay.

Dan Wheldon (33) was an English born two time Indianapolis 500 winner who was a high spirited, inspiring individual to all who met and knew him. Wheldon started at the back of the pack for the Indy 300 and by the eleventh lap had already made his way up to 24th position and inching closer up the grid when tragedy struck.

Two cars further up in the pack touched tires causing a pile up of massive proportions, without enough time to react Wheldon collided and went airborne into the catch fence of turn 2. Despite being airlifted to the hospital, Wheldon was pronounced dead due to “un-survivable injuries”. Wheldon is survived by his wife Susie and young son Sebastian. On behalf of the entire State of Stance staff we send out our condolences to the wheldon family, and wish speedy recovery to all other drivers injured in the wreck.

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